Duo shot in execution attempt under police protection at GPHC
The two youngsters, who were shot in an execution attempt in Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara on Saturday, are currently under police protection at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Giovani Leitch, called ‘Jo Jo’, who received several gunshot wounds to his upper body, is a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The 21-year-old’s spine, intestines and liver are damaged.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old, Devon Agard, called ‘Chucky’, who was shot in the abdomen, is recovering in the Male Surgical Ward. His condition is listed as stable.
Yesterday, when Kaieteur News visited Agard at the hospital, he was surrounded by his loved ones. Agard is responsive but is feeling weak. He is unable to speak about the ordeal.
On Saturday afternoon, Agard and Leitch were shot in an execution attempt on North Slip Street, Sparendaam. Their perpetrators, who were described as a “Rasta man and a Red guy,” ran onto West Road before heading to the Railway Embankment where their getaway car was waiting.
According to Leitch’s aunt, Jean Brown, eyewitnesses have provided the licence plate number of the getaway car. The police were informed and have since been making efforts to track down the owner of the vehicle.
Brown added that a description of the perpetrators was also given to the police.
She has refuted earlier claims that the Tucville resident was involved in a robbery. Brown noted that the person, who spoke extensively about the victim having bad blood with his attackers over a robbery, is unaware of the facts.
She asserted that her nephew is a mason and is currently employed and therefore has no reason to snatch anyone’s chain.
Though, Agard and Leitch were both shot, all indications are that Leitch was the target. According to eyewitnesses, the perpetrator shot Leitch, kicked him in the face and shot him again.
Brown related that relatives are baffled as to why anyone would want to hurt him.
“The boys are friends from since school days but Agard (Chucky) says he does not recognise the shooters,” she noted.
According to a source, the police are looking for a man who resides in Campbellville to assist with investigations.